Book Review: Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Title: Fall for Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Details: Paperback, 230 pgs.
Published: December 21st, 2010 by St. Martins Griffin

isbn: 0312656734 (ISBN13: 9780312656737)

Reading Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Borrowed from Angela

From the author of Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are comes a gripping story about one girl’s search for clues into the mysterious death of her father.
When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on…but are some questions better left unanswered?

Fall for anything was raw and gritty and full of turmoil, heartache and loss.  But it was one of the most real books I’ve read.  What I mean by that is that the way Eddie is feeling, the way she portrays what she’s feeling, or lack thereof is real.  To me it felt completely authentic.  I felt her numbness, her pain, her need to know.  Her need to find answers before moving on.  I haven’t lost a parent to suicide, and I’m sure it’s worse then losing a friend, but I have lost friends and I do know that numbness, that ache within you.  And the way Courtney Summers writes Eddie’s pain is so real to me that it had me teared up more then once.

I thought the characters were all great.  They played their roles excellently.  In how they shaped the twists and turns in this story.  And there are plenty of twists.  Some of them I saw a mile away.  Some of the things I thought I knew, but I wasn’t for sure.  I can’t say it was completely unpredictable, but it wasn’t predictable either.  I really enjoyed how the mystery was carved into the last half of the book, it really had me cruising through it, I couldn’t put the book down!

The romance was different.  There was a slight love triangle, but things were different, to say it lightly.  But there is some romance.  Kind of.  Eddie was dealing with her grief so I thought how things played out in the romance department worked perfect for this book.  There’s still tender and sweet moments, and we love those, right?

I think anyone who suicide has touched could understand and relate to this story.  That need to know WHY?! Why would someone who you thought was fine would suddenly commit suicide?  And the way Courtney did it, so that it may not be what we want, but it’s what we need, what is real in the real world, it was just fabulous.

This book has quite a bit of bad language.  There’s a bit of talking and thinking about sex, but no sex or descriptions of it.  There are some scenes that are slightly racy, but nothing too much or too detailed (I know, that’s my opinion, but I don’t want to give spoilers!).  This is a book with a heavy topic, but with so many depressed teens this might be an eye opener or may help them on their road to not commit suicide because of the people they leave behind.

I am now anxious to read more by Courtney Summers!  This book was fabulous!

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Comments

  1. “There was a slight love triangle, but things were different, to say it lightly.”

    Ha, that’s a really good way of putting it! I really liked this one, and it made me so angry! Great, accurate review!

    -Linds

  2. I have this one sitting on my shelf and it’s looking at me every day. But, since you love it so much I might pick it up now. I always wanted to read it but never really got to it!

    Great Review!

  3. I also enjoyed this! It was raw but poetic in a way. I can’t wait to read Courtney Summers’s other books (this is the first I’ve read of her’s).

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